Stream Health (Water Quality) Indicators

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Water quality indicators are measurements that are used to determine if the stream health (water quality) is in good condition or not. There are several indicators that can be used to give an accurate assessment of water quality including; Dissolved oxygen, pH (Acidity), Temperature, Turbidity, and reviewing the types and concentrations of macroinvertebrates to compute the M.I.S. (Macroinvertebrate Score) . (Click on the name of the indicator for a brief description of that item.)

These indicators help to assess not only the quality of water, but the health of the aquatic organisms living within an aquatic ecosystem. By observing and measuring water quality indicators it is possible to assess if any outside pollutants are being introduced into a body of water